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bettina sonya sotomayor swearing in the vice-president hearing a more inclusive benediction, being transported by the poetry of richard bagram, a gay cuban immigrant, and, of course, the invitation by civil rights leader, well, let's just say i thought, yes, yes, this is the country are no, this is a country i want my daughter to grow up in. what happened on the steps of the capitol earlier this week was in so many ways remarkable. real change, but it was also made inevitable because of the work queue in this room and many across the country have done for decades. you made that happen. you made those words come out of our presidents mouth. and this year after losing 31 times at the ballot box, 31 times, but who's counting, this year we won big gun marriage. we'd be the opponents in minnesota and maine and maryland and washington state. if you are from those states, stand up and raise your hand so that we can applaud you. [applause] >> if you posted on facebook or twitter or otherwise encourage people to vote the right way and stand or raise your hand, if you contributed in any way
, the referendum patrick conboy gives the benediction. >> that us pray. we give you thanks, almighty god, for your gift to our nation of rosa parks, you're good and faithful servant, one of their finest citizens of montgomery took and heroic stand by saving her prophetic passion, one against so many tour tour in an oddly graced time of history changed the course of human history as it is lived on our continent. essential catalyst in the events which came to define the civil rights era, her causally deep in the record of so many racial injustices. now this congress, united as once it was, when honoring her with the congressional gold medal, on mary's the modern-day civil rights movement with this statue. as we leave this place, may we never forget it the incredible bravery and sacrifices of those like rosa parks who call us to greatness as american citizens give us the grace, to remain vigilant in guaranteeing that no person in our great land should every sector injustice, like so many of our national heroes and once did. amen. >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain at your seats for the departure
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